Espley will leave Squire's Garden Centres at the end of April. He is keeping contact with garden retail through his chairmanship of the Tillington Group, and in horticulture through continued involvement in the RHS.
He officially takes over on May 16.
Espley was at Squire's for more than 30 years, first as operations manager, then as operations director and then as managing director. He was formerly at Kennedy's and Pershore College, is a former GCA chairman and is an RHS council member.